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October 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Bill Weir, who has co-anchored ABC News' "Nightline" since 2010, is moving to CNN. Weir will start at CNN in November as an anchor and will also cover innovation and technology, the network said Friday. He will be based in New York and work with CNN producers to develop original programming.  "Bill's range, sensibility and curiosity set him apart,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “He brings a unique storytelling style, perspective and sense of humor to CNN, and he will be a key player as we continue to expand our lineup.” ABC News' president Ben Sherwood said earlier Friday that Weir was departing for  " another opportunity in the news business.
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March 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
CNN, enjoying a boost in ratings thanks to the public fascination with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, has chosen to run with it and sharply limit coverage of other stories. This is not the first time a single incident has overtaken all other events on the cable news channel. Invasions and terrorist acts, monumental storms and political scandals have caused CNN to push everything else aside in the past. What is different about this story is that there are no scenes of disaster to show, no military convoys to follow, no shameful confessions to broadcast, little actual news to report.
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April 30, 2011
Larry King back on CNN In his first CNN special since stepping down from his nightly talk show, Larry King visits a Las Vegas clinic where Alzheimer's disease is studied. He is accompanied by former President Ronald Reagan's son Ron. King's special, "Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic," airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on CNN. It features interviews with several celebrities touched by the disease, including Maria Shriver, whose father, Sargent Shriver, had it, and actor Seth Rogen.
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March 6, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. The City of the Big Shoulders - stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago - is the subject of a new documentary series from CNN. Beginning Thursday and running for eight weeks, it has been made by the team who made Sundance Channel's Peabody Award-winning "Brick City," which focused on...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2011
Eliot Spitzer was bounced from CNN's prime-time lineup on Wednesday, having spent less time as a TV host than he did as New York governor. CNN reshuffled its schedule to add a new program by former CNBC personality Erin Burnett, move Anderson Cooper's flagship newscast into the tough 8 p.m. time slot and eliminate Spitzer's "In the Arena" program. CNN has asked Spitzer about staying with the network as a commentator but no decision has been made, said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/US.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2003
TIM Rutten is far too kind in his coverage of CNN's lack of reporting about Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq ("CNN Will Limp Away From the Field," April 16). CNN's news chief, Eason Jordan, opted to perpetuate the deception of a dangerous, corrupt and cruel regime just to further CNN's standing in the ratings. Rather than report the truth and risk one or two lives, they sacrificed many lives ... possibly thousands. The deception they perpetuated allowed an evil regime to continue to thrive by starving, torturing and murdering their citizens.
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March 13, 2005
Re "Outfoxing Fox -- Take 6" (March 6): Last year I finally had my Howard Beale "I can't take it anymore" moment and fled CNN for the Internet. Now instead of emoting windbags (they call them anchors) and stenographers embedded with the Bush administration, I actually get incisive reporting from around the world. Like the Democratic Party that's racked up electoral defeat after defeat by trying to be Republican-lite, so will CNN keep losing viewers in pursuit of being Fox-lite. If one doesn't want to watch Fox's faux news, why watch its kinder and gentler imitator?
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June 26, 2013 | By Joe Flint
The original political shout-fest is coming back. CNN said "Crossfire," which was a staple of the cable news channel for over 20 years before being canceled in 2005, will return to its schedule this fall. “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that 'Crossfire' did - it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
CNN, enjoying a boost in ratings thanks to the public fascination with the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, has chosen to run with it and sharply limit coverage of other stories. This is not the first time a single incident has overtaken all other events on the cable news channel. Invasions and terrorist acts, monumental storms and political scandals have caused CNN to push everything else aside in the past. What is different about this story is that there are no scenes of disaster to show, no military convoys to follow, no shameful confessions to broadcast, little actual news to report.
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April 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Al Jazeera America has made its first on-air hire and tapped CNN reporter Ali Velshi to host a business show for the start-up cable network. Velshi, born in Kenya and raised in Canada, has been with CNN for a dozen years, anchoring "Your Money" and serving as the cable news network's chief business correpondent. Al Jazeera America said Velshi's half-hour will be a broad look at the U.S. economy both on business and consumers. Initially, the show will be weekly but will eventually become a daily program.
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February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was just a little thing. When veteran TV reporter Miles O'Brien was stacking some cases filled with TV gear on Feb. 12, one of the cases fell on his left arm. "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it," O'Brien, a former CNN reporter for 17 years, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday in which he recounted the incident. "It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be OK without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial?" Maybe. Because what happened next shocked him, as well as many of his fans and aquaintances, who have been sharing the  post he wrote detailing what happened next . The next day, his arm got sore and swelled up. It kept getting worse.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2014
CNN and boss Jeff Zucker are having a lousy February. Results from Nielsen show that the viewer-bereft cable news network just suffered through one of its worst months ever, with Erin Burnett's "OutFront" program sinking to the lowest numbers CNN has recorded at 7 p.m. in 22 years. Barely 300,000 total viewers tuned in for Burnett's show. Between 8 and 11 p.m. - prime time - CNN averaged just 399,000 total viewers - a 39% plunge compared with the same month last year, when Zucker had just started the job. Since 1991, CNN has performed worse only twice before (in April 2012 and last November)
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February 25, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Piers Morgan out, Ronan Farrow in. On Sunday, CNN confirmed that "Piers Morgan Live" will be ending next month, proving that a large Twitter following and pedigree of minor non-journalistic celebrity (though a former editor, Morgan, 48, was mostly known as a judge on "Britain's" and then "America's Got Talent") does not necessarily a successful news host make. Then on Monday, MSNBC debuted the first hour of "Ronan Farrow Daily," proving that a large Twitter following and a pedigree of minor non-journalistic celebrity (though a contributor to many news organizations including this one, Farrow, 26, is mostly known as the super-smart son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen)
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February 24, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Don't count him out just yet - Piers Morgan says he'd love to keep an on-air perch at CNN. On Sunday, the ratings-challenged news network confirmed that it will soon ax "Piers Morgan Live," the nightly interview show hosted by the scrappy 48-year-old Briton. But Morgan said Monday that he may not be finished with American cable news.  "I'd love to stay with CNN and do big interviews, if we can do a deal that suits us both," Morgan wrote in a direct message on Twitter after Showtracker asked about his plans.
WORLD
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Fausset, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
MEXICO CITY -- Seven CNN journalists had their credentials revoked or denied in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro called them "fascists" and criticized their coverage of antigovernment protests there, the network reported Friday. CNN posted a story about the expulsion order Friday afternoon on its website. The network said that the journalists, who worked for CNN International and CNN en Espanol, were told their media credentials were being revoked or denied. The move came hours after a Maduro speech Thursday in which he criticized the network, saying it was failing to focus on good news beyond the street protests that have engulfed the nation for days.
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January 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- "Dinosaur 13," a documentary about the discovery of the  Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the ensuing legal fight over control of the bones, has been acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films. The deal, completed Friday morning, is the first documentary sale made since the Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday afternoon. According to sources with knowledge of the matter, "Dinosaur 13" sold for about $1 million, a robust price for a festival documentary.
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May 8, 2013 | By Joe Flint
"The Wire" as a reality show? That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions. "Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN early next year, will showcase Chicago's challenges with crime, education and public policy.  “The vibrant culture and opportunities inherent in this 21st century, world-class city run alongside profound daily challenges,” said Robert Redford in a statement.
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June 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Howard Kurtz is taking his critical lens on the media from CNN to Fox News. The media critic and longtime host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" will anchor a similar weekend show for Fox News starting in July. In making the announcement, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said Kurtz is a "master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.
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January 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before deciding if I should get a vanity plate. The Skinny: Just got my car registration renewal notice. Maybe I should get a vanity plate that says "MorningFix. " That way my groupies (I know you're out there) will have an easier time finding me. I'll be back in Pasadena today at the TV press tour to hear what CNN chief Jeff Zucker has to say but when I have any downtime I'm going to go back to reading about the Gov. Chris Christie scandal. I can't get enough it!
WORLD
January 9, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for an outburst on CNN during which he launched into an expletive-laden rant against a TV anchor and implied that an American being held by North Korea was at fault for his captivity. Rodman brought six fellow retired NBA players to the country for an exhibition basketball game Wednesday with North Koreans at which he sang “Happy Birthday” to leader Kim Jong Un, who turned 31. The trip has drawn criticism from human rights advocates and some members of Congress.
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